A Kaizen Case Study

This is the start of a new section of this blog, about case studies. The stories do not have to be extraordinary but they have to be real, from factories large and small. The Japanese example below is a manga. It’s a difficult art, and I am not expecting anyone to submit cases in this form. An infographic showing before and after states, methods used, and results achieved would be plenty. I will then format it for this blog and post it in this category.

Kaizen by Manga Example

As indicated in earlier posts, manga is commonly used in Japan to communicate about manufacturing. Every month, the Japanese Kojo Kanri (Factory Management, 工場管理) magazine has a “Kaizen by Manga” column, featuring a real case study. As an example, I have translated the main captions from the October 2009 issue:

Where Are They Now?

The case is about Fujii, a family-owned manufacturer of custom furniture in Hyogo Prefecture, with 37 employees as of 2020. Kazumasa Fujii, the narrator of the 2009 manga, is now its President and CEO. The article also credits editorial supervisor Hitoshi Yamada, from the PEC Production Education Center, a company started in 1978 with support from Taiichi Ohno.

Call For Cases

In this blog, I would like to share similar cases, from anywhere in the world. If you have a story you would like to tell, please use the following form:

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